100 Women Who Care to meet Tuesday

MANISTEE COUNTY — Generosity and philanthropy are alive and well in Manistee County. Just ask the founders of 100 Women Who Care Manistee County.

“We are beginning our fifth year on Tuesday,” said co-founder of the Manistee chapter, Jennie Marie Naffie. “We see new faces at every meeting. We see friends bringing friends. We see women eager to support their community.”

Following the first year, Dick Albee and Al Frye followed in the women’s footsteps and formed a men’s chapter. They will begin their fourth year on Wednesday.

“Together we have raised well over $120,000 during four one-hour meeting each year — that’s just 28 hours or meetings over the last four years to raise that amount of money supporting our local non-profit agencies,” said Judy Crockett, co-founder of the Manistee group.

This month, the women are adding a twist to their meetings.

“We are working alongside the suicide prevention coalition and the SEA Manistee group of the Human Services Collaborative Body to collect board games,” said Crockett. “Students have told us that family dynamics play a huge role in their well-being. We want to start a Family Fridays to encourage families to sit down together, turn off the electronics, and play board games together to build family bonds.”

Board games will be collected then donated to area libraries, to the Armory Youth Project, and will be available at other locations for families to use to start a new “Family Fridays” tradition in Manistee County.

“We have Thirsty Thursdays and Taco Tuesdays … why not start a Family Fridays night where we encourage parents and their kids to spend a couple hours together around a table playing games, having fun and building communication,” said Crockett.

Anyone wishing to donate a new or gently used game may bring it to one of the 100 Who Care meetings.

100 Women Who Care meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at The Bungalow Inn in Manistee. The men meet the following night, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at The Bungalow Inn.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, send an email to Judy Crockett at womensnetworkmanistee@gmail.com.

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